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Half-Day Souks, Food & Culture Walking Tour provided by Frying Pan Food Adventures

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Half-Day Souks, Food & Culture Walking Tour

Half-Day Souks, Food & Culture Walking Tour
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Cover the Old Dubai 'must-do's' - the spice souk, abra ride, textile souk and food tastings in Fahidi - along a well-paced 3.5 hour route. Experience Old Dubai like our friends would, only the stuff you have to see and eat rather than a standard touristy checklist. Start off with a popular old timer’s treat in the souk’s back alleys and then play a round of our fun and educational spice game, SPINGO.* Once our SPINGO champ is crowned, cool down with an icy treat and then bob across the Dubai creek in a traditional wooden abra to visit Bur Dubai’s textile souk. We then enjoy one of the neighborhood's favourite Indian street snacks and then wind down at a traditional Emirati eatery housed in a historic home from the 1950s. Our meal will include a fragrant rice and lamb pilaf, a rich vegetable stew and delicious sweet dumplings that are a firm Dubai favourite. *SPINGO is replaced with a “Dates (the fruit)” quiz during Ramadan though we still walk through the Spice Souk briefly.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 44548P18
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • 3 snack stops and 1 sit-down meal
  • Abra ride across the creek
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly if group size is larger than 6 guests (carry your own headphones with 35mm jack)
  • Professional guide
  • Sanitization kit including face mask & sanitizer
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Deira Old Souk Abra Station
  • Entry/Admission - Meena Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Opportunities to Purchase at Own Cost: Saffron and spices at the souk; camel milk soap
  • Substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions
  • Headphones with 35mm jack (available for purchase on the tour or carry your own)
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • 43 34 St - Deira - Al Ras - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Meet us by the Grand Souk Information Center which is right by the open air parking lot in front of the Spice Souk.
  • Al Fahidi Historical District - حي الفهيدي التاريخي, Bur Dubai - Al Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates We will finish our tour in the historic Al Fahidi district. You may wander through the area and visit the various small museums in the block after the tour. The Al Fahidi metro is about 10 minutes walking distance away.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Please advise us at least 48 hours in advance of the tour in case of serious food allergies, including gluten, nuts and dairy
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, approximately 3.4km
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • All food is ordered in advance and we may be unable to provide substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please do message us after booking if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • 3 snack stops and 1 sit-down meal
  • Abra ride across the creek
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly if group size is larger than 6 guests (carry your own headphones with 35mm jack)
  • Professional guide
  • Sanitization kit including face mask & sanitizer
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Deira Old Souk Abra Station
  • Entry/Admission - Meena Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Opportunities to Purchase at Own Cost: Saffron and spices at the souk; camel milk soap
  • Substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions
  • Headphones with 35mm jack (available for purchase on the tour or carry your own)
Departure details
  • 43 34 St - Deira - Al Ras - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Meet us by the Grand Souk Information Center which is right by the open air parking lot in front of the Spice Souk.
  • Al Fahidi Historical District - حي الفهيدي التاريخي, Bur Dubai - Al Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates We will finish our tour in the historic Al Fahidi district. You may wander through the area and visit the various small museums in the block after the tour. The Al Fahidi metro is about 10 minutes walking distance away.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Al Fahidi Historical District - حي الفهيدي التاريخي, Bur Dubai - Al Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates We will finish our tour in the historic Al Fahidi district. You may wander through the area and visit the various small museums in the block after the tour. The Al Fahidi metro is about 10 minutes walking distance away.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Please advise us at least 48 hours in advance of the tour in case of serious food allergies, including gluten, nuts and dairy
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, approximately 3.4km
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • All food is ordered in advance and we may be unable to provide substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please do message us after booking if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    43 34 St
    43 34 St - Deira - Al Ras - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Meet us by the Grand Souk Information Center which is right by the open air parking lot in front of the Spice Souk.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Dubai Spice Souk
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Dubai Spice Souk
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Deira Old Souk Abra Station
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Textile Souk
  • 4
    Meena Bazaar
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Al Fahidi Historical District - حي الفهيدي التاريخي
    Bur Dubai - Al Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    We will finish our tour in the historic Al Fahidi district. You may wander through the area and visit the various small museums in the block after the tour. The Al Fahidi metro is about 10 minutes walking distance away.
    See address & details
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Jessie G
1 contribution
A Can't-Miss Experience for Residents & Tourists Alike
Nov 2021
I am a Dubai resident and I bring all my visiting guests on a Frying Pan tour when they're in town. I simply can't recommend the experience highly enough, for residents and tourists alike. You discover a part of Dubai that is fully off the beaten tourist track, and one that - even if you did explore it on your own - you would likely lack context and understanding of were you to meander through without the helpful insight and commentary of Frying Pan's enthusiastic, knowledgeable guides. Well worth the price of the experience.
Written November 30, 2021
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Dianna
3 contributions
Fabulous experience.
Nov 2021 • Solo
What a wonderful evening. A perfect mix of history, culture and food, delightfully delivered in a small group setting with passion and energy. Thank you Noon. I thoroughly recommend the experience.
Written November 4, 2021
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear Dianna, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you on this tour and for leaving such a positive review! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your small group tour with our guide Noon, and hope we'll see you again on a future visit to Dubai. Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written November 10, 2021
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Bobcatsabound
Fort Lauderdale, FL8 contributions
Exceptional experience
Oct 2021 • Couples
We had an exceptional experience on our food and souk tour. Our tour guides were incredibly informative and engaging and the food we had on the tour was delicious. Our guides explained the culture of the area and the influence of immigrants and acceptance of the Emirates culture. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to engage with informed guides who make the event fun!
Written October 23, 2021
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear Bobcatsabound, We're so pleased that you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for appreciating our guides and for leaving us such a lovely review. Our goal is to share knowledge and cultural awareness about the city in an entertaining way, and we're so happy that this came through on your tour. We hope to see you again soon in Old Dubai! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written October 25, 2021
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Mnobles
Murfreesboro, TN179 contributions
Don't Miss Food Tour
Oct 2021
This is a fantastic food tour. You get to try street food that we would have never been adventurous enough to order on our own. I had the best breakfast wrap Ive ever had. The guide also gives you a cultural history of the Souks and Dubai. This is a food tour and so much more. Don't miss this opportunity when in Dubai.
Written October 15, 2021
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear Mnobles, We're so pleased that you had a good time on our Dubai Souks & Creekside food tour! The anda chips porotta roll is such a local treat that is a true mishmash of the different cultures that call this city home -- it makes us very happy that you enjoyed it! Thank you for the positive review and recommendation. We truly hope to have another opportunity to serve you on our other food tours in the future! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written October 16, 2021
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David W
Scottsdale, AZ5 contributions
An awesome food tour
Sep 2021
This tour is outstanding. The restaurant’s are off the beaten path and the food is simply incredible. You would never find these places if you were not a native. To top it all off, Farida is delightful and incredibly informative. There are not enough stars to properly rate this.
Written September 15, 2021
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Dear David, Thank you for these glowing words of praise about the food, Farida and the overall experience! Farida in turn was raving about how lovely your group was, so thank YOU for giving us the opportunity to show you our favourite spots on a private tour. We're so pleased that you enjoyed the evening and truly hope that we have the pleasure of serving you again if you return to Dubai. Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written September 20, 2021
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James Leckinger
Aurora, IL7 contributions
Fantastic guide, walking tour and food tasting!
Jun 2021
We really enjoyed the knowledgeable and charming Nahla, and talking about Dubai and it's history. The walk through the spice market, food tastings, and Abra ride were a wonderful introduction to this interesting and historic city!
Written July 1, 2021
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Dear Relax59146407398, Thank you for giving us a chance to serve you in Dubai! We're so pleased to know you enjoyed your tour with our passionate guide Nahla on the Souks, Food & Culture tour. It is indeed the tour we recommend for anyone who's looking to get a fun and delicious introduction to the city! We truly appreciate your positive words and hope we will have a chance to serve you again! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written September 20, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

gradojkovich
Dubai, United Arab Emirates93 contributions
A great food tour, with a boat ride included!
Jan 2021
Great day exploring the sights, sounds and tastes of old Dubai. An awesome food tour thanks to our great guide, Noorin. She was super chilled yet informative. It wasn't a super scripted tour but very genuine and professional.
The food itself isn't pricy in the area so this was at the upper end for the spend you'd want but we felt worth it for the insight and guidance of where to go.
The headphones provided made it easy to hear our guide and the small numbers they have on the tours made it easy for her to answer questions from anyone in the group.
We live in Dubai but still felt this was a great way to see old Dubai.
Written February 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FryingPanAdventures
Dear gradojkovich. Thank you for taking the time to leave us this lovely review of your Souks and Creekside Food Tour with Noorin. It's even more special for us when residents choose to do a tour with us -- and our goal is always to come across as authentic and passionate local voices of the city. We truly appreciate the opportunity to serve you and look forward to feasting with you again on another food tour in the near future! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written February 28, 2021
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NoolsC
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates56 contributions
Not to be missed during your Dubai visit
Dec 2020
If you love food and discovering new places you can't miss this. Amazing experience. Farida is a fountain of knowledge and her passion for her city is contagious. Although we live in Dubai, we do not really know the old part at all and Farida showed us a very different Dubai. We did this tour as a family and my children also loved it. We can't wait to try the other tours!
Written December 29, 2020
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear NoolsC, We're thrilled that we had a chance to serve you and your family -- and that you all enjoyed the experience with Farida! It's always extra special when Dubai residents join the tour and still feel like they've been able to learn new things about the city. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to tour with you, and we hope you'll be back again to discover more neighborhoods of Old Dubai with us! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written December 31, 2020
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Clemence
1 contribution
Fantastic experience!
Jul 2020
I highly recommend!

The tour is done by Farida, the business owner herself. Farida is fun and genuine. She was raised in Dubai and knows by heart all Dubai kept secrets and culinary origins of the street food we enjoyed. The food we tried was delicious and really well explained. Its all very safe and really interesting.
I live in Dubai since 12 years, it was amazing to finally discover the street food secrets of the old quarters of Dubai. Its very authentic and fun.

Full of anecdotes of her childhood, Farida shows you Dubai from a different perspective. Definitely not your traditional touristic tour, this is much more insightful and authentic. If you like to visit a city through the eyes of a person from the city itself, you are in the right hands.
Written July 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Clemence, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad that you got to experience Dubai from a different perspective and that you enjoyed the tour! We love your appreciation for Farida's company and her stories; and that you learned so much more about the food and the city. Thank you again and we hope to see you back again soon! Until then, stay safe. Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written July 31, 2020
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Brian T
1 contribution
Unbelievable Service
Mar 2020 • Couples
Unfortunately, our tour was scheduled right around the time everything started shutting down due to Covid-19. It was a very confusing and stressful time as we decided whether or not to proceed with our trip. The team at Frying Pan Adventures was AMAZING. When everyone else was tough to get in touch with, we received frequent and prompt replies from they Frying Pan team.

The staff went out of their way to provide all types of information on the local situation, sources for information, and any/all questions we had. We originally booked our food tour with this operator because of their great reputation...we can tell from the interactions we had with them that they are not only passionate about what they do, but they truly care about making sure their clients have the best experience possible.

While we were unable to take our trip and had to cancel this tour, the Frying Pan team confirmed we made the right choice in originally picking them. When we do reschedule our trip to Dubai, this tour and this team will be the first thing we schedule.
Written May 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Brian, Sorry for the delay in responding to your positive review! Thank you for taking the time to appreciate us during difficult times. It is unfortunate we could not have you on our tour and really look forward to serving you in the future when you do make it to Dubai! Thank you again and we hope to see you soon! Until then, stay safe. Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written July 31, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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